Arson attack on an anti-racism centre in Berlin

23rd May 2006, Comments 0 comments

23 May 2006, BERLIN - Suspected neo-Nazis carried out an arson attack on an anti-racism centre in the German capital after daubing swastikas on its walls, police said Tuesday.

23 May 2006

BERLIN - Suspected neo-Nazis carried out an arson attack on an anti-racism centre in the German capital after daubing swastikas on its walls, police said Tuesday.

The extent of damage caused by blaze was unclear. The centre is located in eastern Berlin's Hellersdorf district, a grim eastern part of city marked by communist tower block buildings.

Nobody was injured in the fire, officials said.

The attack follows a report by Germany's domestic security agency on Monday showing a big increase in neo-Nazi crimes last year.

Last week a German-Kurdish city politician was badly beaten by suspected rightists in eastern Berlin.

In the nearby city of Potsdam, a German-Ethiopian suffered serious injuries last month in what federal prosecutors believe was a racially motivated attack.

Former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's ex-spokesman recently warned there were "no go areas" in eastern Germany for blacks.

The surge in neo-Nazi violence has raised concerns ahead of the football World Cup which is being hosted by Germany from June 9 to July 9. Millions of foreign visitors are expected to attend the World Cup games.

DPA

Subject: German news

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